8x 10" oil on canvas board
Wednesday, December 31, 2014
Tuesday, December 16, 2014
Monday, November 24, 2014
Sunday, November 23, 2014
After a few weeks of drawing storyboards and other illustration projects, I finally got back to some plein air painting. I had forgotten how much I missed it. This 9x 12 " was on a stretched canvas that is made for watercolors. It has a very smooth finish and handled well. It seems to dry faster, maybe because it absorbs the oils. I rode my bike a few blocks away to set up near the freeway and Patagonia headquarters. As you can see it's close to the beach and a surfer is riding his bike.
Tuesday, October 28, 2014
Thursday, October 16, 2014
I need to update this later with the name of this vintage typewriter. I like the simplicity of the composition and handling of the negative shapes.
12 x 12 " Oil on Canvas
This is an painting which was exciting to paint. After a few attempts with other such subjects, this composition came together fairly easily. This is not always the case.
12 x 12" Oil on canvas
Monday, September 29, 2014
Here are two stages of the painting before it was shipped to be part of the silent auction. The lower image is the last adjustments. I see also that my photography of the two versions is in need of more consistency. I use available light as a shooting source, so I expect some differences.
Monday, September 22, 2014
Monday, August 18, 2014
View of the ferris wheel with a tower slide to it's left. The ice is being delivered on the small cart, bottom left, across from white tables. One of the problems I ran into with these fair paintings is editing. I hope to revisit these sketches with fresh versions. 12 x 12" oil
Sunday, August 17, 2014
The last day of the fair, I made it over to the agricultural section where I sketched this old tractor. It was all of 20 hp and looked dangerous to operate.
The overall warmth of this image is lost in the copy, but I did add a figure for scale. I don't like to work on the paintings after the fact, because they can get away from you.
The merry go round on the left was stationary as I started the painting. Trucks and workers filled the streets and the fairgrounds came to life. I had to make choices as to what to leave in and what to add. I wanted the Ventura fairgrounds building to be in the painting and deep space using Ocean Lane for the focus. 12 x 12" oil Canvas
The structure on the right sold all kinds of deep fried foods. I made it through the twelve days without eating any, but am glad they are available, just in case.
This painting was one that I had a chance to watch as the technicians tested the rides before the gates opened. the cars on the oval are going upside down and the big ship is swinging up.(towards the center) 12 x 12 oil on canvas board
Wednesday, August 6, 2014
This is a view from the midway at the fair on an overcast morning. I watched a talented artist illustrate letters using multicolored loaded tools yesterday. The flags on the left were done using this technique. 12 x 12" oil/canvas
There is a new concession at the fair with entertainers out front drawing in the crowds. A dashing man and theatrical woman invite the audience into see the show. There are sword swallowers and fire eaters. It gives the feel of the old days when there were side shows at the circus. The yellow posters near the center of this painting are very stylish. 12 x 12" oil/canvas
Monday, August 4, 2014
Sunday after a light rain before the fairgrounds opened to the public, I knocked out this study of the view looking towards the south. If I use this for a larger version I will add some reflections and people with umbrellas. 12 x 12" oil/canvas board
Saturday, August 2, 2014
Here in Ventura, most mornings start off overcast. I like it for laying in a painting because the values and colors are subdued. When the sun comes out you can punch it up. This is a quick study that I spent 45 minutes on before the fairgrounds opened. 12 x 12" oil/canvas
I chose this subject because it had a few surfboards hanging around the thatched bamboo hut. Half way through, they started inflating the safety cushion for the bungie jump. It is the white and orange shape near the middle. Things always change and open up as it gets closer to the time when the fair opens it's gates. 12 x 12" oil/canvas board